SOCIAL SCIENCES

Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership

Morrow. Feb. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9780062880154. $29.99. BIOG
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Benjamin Franklin and George Washington were pivotal leaders of America’s journey to independence and the creation of a republic. Their association spanned three decades, from 1756 to the constitutional convention of 1787. They represented two powerful colonies; Franklin for Pennsylvania and Washington for Virginia. Each became renowned beyond the boundaries of their homes, as they shared qualities of temperament: patience, judgment, curiosity. Their talents and skills lay in different areas, but complemented each other. Neither was born into wealth, but their contributions in their time were consequential centuries after their deaths. Larson’s (history, Pepperdine Univ.; Summer for the Gods) dual biography does not convey a close friendship, but tells a tale of an associative partnership which occurred at intervals during those three decades, whenever significant events of colonial or national consequence required their involvement.
VERDICT A well-written account for readers interested in two key figures of the American Revolution. Based on primary and secondary sources, this well-researched work tells the story of a significant relationship of the era.

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